Kenny Baker, best known for being the man inside R2-D2 in the first six Star Wars movies, has passed away. He was 81. The 3-foot-8 actor appeared in a number of notable movies other than Star Wars, including The Goonies, Willow and the 80s version of Flash Gordon.
His niece confirmed his death to The Guardian.
Baker had been ill in recent years with lung problems, and was often seen in a wheelchair.
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